Congress defectors and other Jyotiraditya Scindia
loyalists in Madhya Pradesh are facing new challenges. The party they moved to — the Bharatiya Janata Party, or the BJP — is training them in RSS-BJP ideology, but some of them appear unsure of their place in the new scheme of things or are simply acting coy. One former Congress spokesperson is one such person. A few weeks into his new party, when a journalist asked him how he wanted to be identified in a news item he was filing for his newspaper, the ex-Congressman hesitantly said, “Don’t describe me as a BJP leader ... just say Scindia loyalist.”
After the lockdown
was enforced, many innocuous acts like stepping out to buy medicine or milk or even an evening stroll became transgressions of the law. As a result, many FIRs were registered in Delhi (as well as other parts of the country) under Section 188 (Disobedience to Order Duly Promulgated by Public Servant) of the Indian Penal Code. While the number of such FIRs now runs into thousands, Delhi Police
are in no mood to ignore/drop them. According to police sources, each case would be taken to its “logical conclusion” and “charge sheets” and other reports would be filed. The brass believes that if any benefit of the doubt has to be given to these “accidental violators”, it would have to come from the courts.